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Feb. 4 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany senior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) has been voted to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II Men’s Basketball team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division II, III and NAIA institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.

This award continues a trend for the Bethany men’s basketball program. Testa’s honor makes him the seventh Bison in the last five years to earn a spot on the Academic All-District Team, joining Matt Drahos (First Team), Mike Drahos (First Team) and Scott Mezyk (Second Team) in 2006-07, James Wallace (First Team) and Chris Stephens (Second Team) in 2006-07 and Petre Petkovski (Second Team) in 2008-09.

Testa is also the third member of the Bethany athletic department to earn Academic All-District accolades this year, with Megan Cook earning First Team in women’s soccer and Tim Stefanizzi receiving Second Team laurels in football during the fall.

Testa is having his finest season as a Bison on the floor, as he leads the PAC in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game and is sixth in scoring with 17.0 points per game. The 6-3 forward is also ranked ninth in field goal percentage (50.4) and 14th in free throw percentage (69.2). A two-time PAC Player of the Week selection this season, he is coming off one of the top games of his career, as he poured in a career-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in BC’s 86-84 loss at Thiel Wednesday night.

His huge senior campaign is helping elevate Testa into very lofty positioning in the Bethany record books. He now has 1,159 career points to rank 13th all-time at the school and needs only 38 more to vault three more places into the top 10. Testa also has 710 career rebounds, seventh-most all-time at Bethany.

Off the court, Testa has a GPA above 3.4 as a psychology major. He made Dean’s List one semester, is a member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society and has performed community service with Child’s Play and L&SR in Bentleyville.

“Joe has an incredible work ethic and deserves every bit of recognition he receives for his play on the basketball floor and in the class room,” said Bethany head coach Andrew Sachs.

Joe is the son of John & Darlene Testa of Amity, Pa.